Gerald Seymour's many novels include The Unknown Soldier. From his Q & A with Boyd Tonkin at the The Independent:
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/himRead the complete Q & A.
Nevil Shute. They're stories that make my eyes a bit wet... they're beautifully written.
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Which fictional character most resembles you?
One of those johnnies who sends agents off in the early Le Carré stories but stays on the safe side of the border.
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Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
There are many of them. They go round a bend... south of the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford. It's called the final turn – where the British Legion and former servicemen's associations gather, whenever there's a repatriation.
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